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Raptors vs. Warriors Game 1 Preview and GameThread: The NBA Finals begin Thursday night!

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Here’s your place to chat about the NBA’s championship series between the Raptors and Warriors.

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Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors host the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
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The 2019 NBA Finals begin tonight in Toronto, ON. Here’s a preview and your place to chat about this year’s championship series!

Game information

Toronto Raptors vs. Golden State Warriors

When: Thursday, May 30 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: ScotiaBank Arena, Toronto, ON

How to watch in the D.C. area: WJLA-TV (a/k/a ABC 7). It’s on Channel 7 over the air and on most cable outlets.

How to watch nationally in the USA over the air and online: Your local ABC television station. It’s not always on Channel 7. You can also stream it on ESPN3.com

How to watch in Toronto: The game is on SportsNet nationwide. (REMEMBER, THE RAPTORS ARE IN CANADA!)

Keys to the matchup

The Warriors may be starting the championship series on the road, but they have some injuries to key players, most notably Kevin Durant who will miss this game due to a calf injury. DeMarcus Cousins may also be out due to a quad injury. and Andre Iguodala is also questionable. Despite that, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green still make up a hell of a trio.

The Raptors will have homecourt advantage and should be in good position to win this one though. OG Anunoby (abdomen) is their only player listed with an injury. Toronto’s defense has been stellar in the playoffs where they have a defensive rating of 102.4 over 18 playoff games. We’ll see if their defense and Kawhi Leonard’s awesome-ness will help them start the Finals on the right note.